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The Dragon and the George Mass Market Paperback – June 12, 1987


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (June 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345350502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345350503
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.8 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Through no fault of his own, the once human Jim Eckert had become a dragon. Unfortunately, his beloved Angie had remained human. But in this magical land anything could happen. To make matter worse, Angie had been taken prisoner by an evil dragon and was held captive in the impenetrable Loathly Tower. So in this land where humans were edible and beasts were magical--where spells worked and logic didn't--Jim Eckert had a big, strange problem.

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Classic high fantasy and a fun read.
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I read this book years ago and purchased it again a few weeks ago.
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The books are well written and a lot of fun.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 9, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jim Eckert is living in an ordinary modern world, waiting for Angie on a bright September morning while Grottwold is keeping her busy as his lab assistant. They are on the verge of proving astral projection is possible and believe they can set the spirit free to wander outside the body.

Jim's obvious discontent with the situation is overly apparent and when he has to wait for Angie again he becomes incensed and decides these delaying tactics have occurred for the last time. Just as Jim bursts into the room, Angie disappears from under a helmet-like hair dryer.

Unfortunately, Angie has apported in an experiment that should have only caused astral projection. Both Grottwold and Jim have absolutely no idea where she has taken off to, however it is revealed that she was concentrating on dragons. With a single heroic decision, Jim is thrust into a medieval world as he takes his seat to project his spirit in the same direction as Angie is thought to have gone.

As fate would have it, he forgets to think about Angie and ends up thinking about dragons. This lands him in the body of a dragon and his first thought of wanting to tear Grottwold to shreds brings him to the awareness of his less than human self. Jim awakens to the reality that he is now a talking dragon who everyone knows as Gorbash.

Overall, there is a subtle humor, which now and then catches you unawares. The conversational style changes at times and flows more into pictures painted with words so you really enter a medieval land filled with adventures and moments of brilliance.

Angie's character is not at all fully developed in this story and I am hoping she will evolve more fully in the rest of the series.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By George R Dekle on June 28, 2000
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Many sword-and sorcery writers use a formula plot which goes something like this: 1. Hero languishes in a mundane workaday world. 2. Hero, by magic or science, is fantastically transported to a wondrous world where magic works. 3. Hero encounters strange situations and remarkable characters. 4. Hero embarks on quest, rescues the damsel-in-distress, defeats the forces of evil, and saves humanity. One example of this formula is DeCamp and Pratt's "Incomplete Enchanter" series.
"The Dragon and the George" follows this formula to a T, but the result is one of the best examples of the type. One nice touch is that the magic in this new world is treated in a most non-mystical way: It must follow laws as strict as the laws of physics, and it can never run afoul of the Accounting Department.
Dickson uses this vehicle to explore the nature of courage, friendship, and loyalty, and each of the protagonists displays these attributes in varying degrees and varying ways. To save his friends, Aragh faces the hordes of sandmirks alone and with two broken legs. Weak and cowardly Secoh screws his courage to the sticking point to help the crippled Smrgol face the powerful young Bryagh. Dafydd the archer calmly assumes the near-impossible task of shooting down a horde of harpies. Jim Eckert recovers from the blue funk induced by a near-death experience to lead his friends into the almost certainly fatal final battle.
Dickson writes a story in which the most fantastical of characters seem as real as your next door neighbor, and you come to really care about them. Dickson brings new life to a tired old scifi formula and tells a fine swashbuckling story in the process.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1998
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Ah, yes. Just the name, "Jim Eckert" brings back whole fleets of nostalgic memories. I first read The Dragon and the George way back when, when my dear father bought me the entire set, in hardback. It must have set him back a bundle, but I could see that he knew I enjoyed it. As I was perusing the archives of Amazon.com, then, I called up those abovementioned nostalgic memories and just had to write a review up. If you read just one more book this year, make it The Dragon and the George. If you read seven or eight more, make it the entire series! Gordon Dickson is, without a doubt, the most enticing fantasy writer I have ever had the privelige to read the work of. His research is impeccable, which is a rare thing in fantasy writers---authors, I should say---and the way he spins the fabric of the story is a true mark of a Master in his trade.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alan T. Haley on October 22, 1997
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I bought this book because I had already read "The Dragon at War" (not knowing that there were any others in the series), so it was kind of neat to see how Jim (the main character) meets each of his companions. Each of the characters has his or her own little personality quirks, making them all stand apart from one another.
One thing that I really didn't like about this book was that the very beginning, when Jim and Angie are in the 20th century, seems rushed. This is probably because this part of the story has very little bearing on the rest (and is less interesting), but it was enough to notice.
I have the next book in the series, "The Dragon Knight" and can't wait to get into it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1999
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This novel is an excellent read for almost anyone.Dickson does an outstanding job with showing how life is in the middle ages, he also throws in a light twist of comedy every once in a while and you can't help but laugh. He does a great job with the characters in this novel, they each have a different view of life and different personalities. This is probably the best book of the sieries, but dont get me wrong, they are all good. So, in conclusion this is a great read, highly recomended.
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